Friday, March 24, 2006

Guides share photos from years of adventures

Express Staff Writer

Two of Sun Valley's most adventurous spirits, husband and wife team Pete Patterson and Kim Jacobs are displaying images from their 10 years as guides with their company, Mountain Spirits. The Adventure Travel photography show opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coffee Grinder in Ketchum, tonight, March 24. The images are from Nepal, Bhutan, Greenland, Ladakh, Bolivia and Patagonia and include some brilliant scenes of life and adventure in remote and exotic locales.

Travel has long been a passion of Patterson's. Enhanced during his years on the U.S. Ski Team and in two Olympics. He's a river guide, skier and climber and guides heli-skiing five months of the year from his home in Sun Valley as well as in the coastal mountains of southern Greenland. He has made ascents of numerous peaks over 20,000 feet in Nepal and South America. He also made the first telemark descent of the Polish glacier route on Aconcagua, South America's highest peak at 22,835 ft.

Jacobs moved to Idaho from Washington State to work as a licensed mountain guide. After her first Nepal trekking adventure and first glimpse of Mount Everest, she was encouraged to begin Mountain Spirits with Patterson. Since then, she has guided trips in Nepal, Bhutan, Bolivia, Patagonia and Greenland. Her climbing experience also includes tackling peaks 20,000 feet and higher in Nepal and South America, along with rock climbing destinations around the globe.

She says Nepal is still her favorite destination.

"The people—they're the best. They are just so amazing. It's been really fun. We were in Bhutan and Nepal from October of 2005 to January this year."

Jacobs has also been scouting in Thailand for new activities to include in trips that have kids and senior participants.

They currently offer custom trips that include everything from trekking, mountaineering, rafting, kayaking and mountain biking. The photos in the new show at the Grinder capture all these aspects. They will stay on exhibition through the spring and are all for sale.

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